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Gus Dussler's Entry

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    Many people love to eat honey but they do not know the myth of honeybee. Zeus's daughter, Artemis is the goddess of wildlife and she is the main character of this story. Artemis had a secret army. The secret army was hives and hives of bees but she had trained them for her friend Athena who was the goddess of war. She made the army of bees for her birthday. She said the army wasn't just for fighting but producing too. Artemis said they would produce honey for the army and make many flowers bloom. The bees attack force was a huge swarm and they would all go in at once stinging the enemy. The special thing about these bees was that they could sting thousands of times.

    Artemis's dad Zeus was impressed by this and told her to keep making more armies of these bees but not too many. Artemis listened to her dad but didn't care that he said not to make too many bees. She thought she could make all she wanted so she kept making more and more and more bees until there was no more room in the area she had. Athena had to fight a war against another enemy so Artemis sent the bee's with her so Athena had millions of bees around her and her army. They won the war with only a couple of injuries and casualties.

    Athena thought the bees were very useful in many wars she fought until the bees started producing too much money it was too much for everyone to eat. She thought that she should give more honey away but that wouldn't help. Then she had an amazing idea. She thought she should give it to the town folk down in Greece. The people loved the honey so she gave more and more until she ran out. Many of the bee's had died because the towns people put a ton of stuff in the crops that kills the bees.

    There were dead bees everywhere. The towns people got sick because after the bees fought the war they had carried a type of flu sickness that quickly spread over the town. Many people became very mad at Athena and started riots over it. She begged her dad Zeus to help but he said "l warned you of your actions and you didn't care about it so this is your fault and your actions so you must deal with it". Artemis begged her dad to help but he wouldn't budge so then she had to talk to the towns folk about this. She did and they were still furious at her so they wouldn't listen. Athena had another war to fight but Artemis didn't have any more war bee's so Athena came back with many casualties. She was mad at Artemis for not having the war bees. Artemis said it wasn't her fault but Athena just left the room not even turning around to say something.

    That night Artemis cried and cried then the next day she got the courage to talk to the towns people. She said "1 know it's been a rough time and it is very much my fault but I will help this town through". I will try and save the town. She gave them some healing potions and took all the dead bees away and swept up the town until it was back on its feet. The towns people made a statue of Artemis and they remember her to this day. She was a strong and independent woman. What she had learned was that she needed to listen to her father more carefully.

Maia Martin's Entry

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    A long time ago, in the area now known as Wimberley, Texas, the inventor and architect Daedalus killed his nephew, Perdix. He did this terrible deed because of jealousy. Daedalus was jealous of the fact that his nephew, who had been his apprentice, was becoming a better inventor and architect than he. The idea that his nephew would become a better inventor was a terrible thought that drove him mad. So, Daedalus decided to murder his rival, by pushing his nephew into the sea.

    As Perdix was falling, Athena, the goddess of wisdom and war, quickly turned him into a partridge. She was so mad at Daedalus, that as she changed Perdix's form, she beat her hand on the ground. That impact forced the piece of land that was under her fist underground. Then, it traveled below the surface, eventually being forced upwards, where it pushed the land up on the surface close by, forming the Beaten Hill. A shrine for Athena was later built atop of this hill to remember this event.

    This monument has crumbled over time, but the enchantment of the shrine to the goddess has prevented trees from growing upon the top of the hill. Beaten Hill is now known as Mount Baldy, which sits high atop the Wimberley Valley. The hole where Athena beat the ground later became known as Jacob's Well and it was filled with her tears of sadness and anger, at what Daedalus had done. These tears formed the stream called Cypress Creek, that flows from the well. Still today, if you look carefully, you may find some remains of the shrine of Athena.

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